I have the privilege to work with tutors from 10 urban Presbyterian churches. They are parents, teachers, retired psychologists and counselors, some of whom have been tutoring in Rochester City school buildings for over 25 years. We observed over the past year that many students in each classroom are in a state of constant trauma. We researched trauma and learned through neuroscience that learning cannot happen in a traumatized brain because it thinks about fighting, fleeing or freezing.
In order to learn, traumatized students must be counseled to restore their ability to learn. City School teachers are AMAZING professionals who were hired to teach, not to counsel. So teachers must be trained in how to restore the traumatized child’s brain.
Social workers are most effective in counseling students and training teachers to restore traumatized brains. Currently the City School District does not have enough social workers to go around.
We asking the school board to restore and augment budget lines for social workers in the 2014-2015 budget so that each school building has at minimum a full-time social worker devoted to it.
We want the School Board, while constructing the budget, to remember that
people are more important than things.
Before we spend one dollar on non-essential material items (window shades and buses that still run), we must spend money on social workers.
Please sign this letter to the Board and send it here or here to insure that the School Board reads it.